The No. 11 Washington Demons came into Friday’s game against No. 9 Williamsburg as equals in record, but by the end of the night that had not only changed, it was clear that Washington was the better team.
The Demons won 35-10 in the game with Washington giving up their only touchdown in the second quarter in front of the homecoming crowd.
Williamsburg got the ball to start, and they didn’t do much with it, moving the ball a little bit, but in the end having to punt and putting the Demons on their on 20 to start. Washington would start the party early, as the first play was a 15 yard run by Alex Coker, and the second play of the game was a 65 yard touchdown run by Coker to make the score 7-0. Washington held the Raiders for most of the first quarter, but did allow them to get into field goal range when Andy Wichman came in and put one through the uprights from 23 yards to make it 7-3.
In the second quarter Washington continued to sweep the ball to the outside with runs or the option and get great blocks by Jacob Green and Carl Sivels to give Coker room to run, and it showed with 11:05 to go in the second quarter Coker once again got away, this time from 68 yards out for a touchdown to make it 14-3, and he wasn’t done yet. After the Demons were forced to punt, Aaron Schultz let the punt go straight through his arms and fumbled the punt right to Tanner Knupp who fell on it and put the Demons on the 25 yard line, and Coker took it to the house for this third and final touchdown of the night to make the score 21-3. Williamsburg did claw their way back into the game before the end of the second quarter with a nice drive that took them down the field for a 16 yard run by Jared Steckly to make it 21-10 going into half time. Coker at half already had three touchdowns and 192 yards on 11 carries.
The Demons got the ball to start the second half and made a nice drive down the field, but a holding call on a first down run put the Demons back 10 yards and Washington couldn’t seem to get the same traction, as they were forced to go for it on fourth and turned it over. Washington got the ball back though off an interception by Carl Sivels, his third of the year, and put Washington in great field position which they used and made the score 28-10 off an eight yard run by Knupp.
After that score it was a game of clock management and desperation, as the Demons continued to run the ball and go for it on fourth down to make the clock run, and Williamsburg had to continue to go for it on fourth to try and make the score closer, but in the end Washington put up one more score in the fourth off a seven yard touchdown run by Knupp and that was the game, a 35-10 win for Washington moving them into a great position to take the district.
Demon head coach Randy Schrader said it was a good week of preparation and the kids came ready to play.
“The coaches did a great job all week keeping the kids on task and just coaching them up and the kids did a great job of really mainitain their focus with all of the hoopla going on this week, and we just came out of the shoot, and that is just a credit to them and our coaches, and we beat a good football team,” Schrader said.
Coker finished the game with 20 carries for 247 yard and three touchdowns, while Daryn Seibelius was 5-8 passing for 42 yards, and Tanner Knupp had 12 carries for 45 yards and two touchdowns.
Williamsburg was held to just 171 yards of total offense, and falls to 2-1 in the district, while Washington stays undefeated and travel to Mt. Pleasant next week for the battle of school rivals.